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Broadband Mapping Bill Reflects Cable Group's Strategy

Law360 (May 17, 2019, 5:08 PM EDT) -- A bipartisan group of senators have proposed a "more granular" approach to mapping the nationwide availability of broadband service in a bill that appears to mirror a strategy already floated by the cable industry.

The bill's sponsors — Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, and Jon Tester, D-Mont. — said Thursday they aim to build on "the many lessons learned from past state and federal data collection and mapping efforts" by proposing a new multistep process that incorporates fresh sources of input.

Mapping would be built through "shapefiles" — or outlines of providers' service areas overlaid on...

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